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Capt. Brandon L. Cyr of Woodbridge among four USAF airmen killed in Afghanistan crash

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(AP/ABC7) - Friends and family are mourning the loss of an airman from Woodbridge, Virginia who was killed while serving in Afghanistan.

Capt. Brandon Cyr, USAF. Facebook photo.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced today the deaths of four airmen near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, including Capt. Brandon L. Cyr, 28, of Woodbridge, Va., in the crash of an MC-12 aircraft on Saturday.

The other three killed were: Capt. Reid K. Nishizuka, 30, of Kailua, Hawaii, assigned to the 427th Reconnaissance Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, Calif.; Staff Sgt. Richard A. Dickson, 24, of Rancho Cordova, Calif., assigned to the 306th Intelligence Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, Calif.; and Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin, 30, of Morehead, Ky., assigned to the 552nd Operations Support Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.

Cyr was assigned to the 906th Air Refueling Squadron, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

The four Air Force service members were deployed to the 361st Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron with the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing at Kandahar Air Field, an Air Force statement said. Their bodies were recovered.

The MC-12 Liberty aircraft, a twin-engine turboprop plane, provides intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or direct support to ground forces. It crashed in Zabul province, about 180 kilometers (110 miles) northeast of Kandahar Air Field, the Air Force statement said.

The Defense Department says the cause of the crash is under investigation. The department says there are no reports of enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash.

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